U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) News

CSB releases video safety message highlighting the importance of safety measures in refineries

After the Tesoro accident, the CSB intends to make industrial places safer for workers The video highlights the CSB's ongoing investigation into the April 2, 2010, accident that killed seven workers. Marking the one year anniversary of the tragic accident at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a video safety message in which Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso urges refinery companies to "make the investments necessary to ens...

CSB team to uncover flash fire causes at Hoeganaes Corporation

Hoeganaes Corporation site which has witnessed flash fires since January is undergoing an investigation by CSB CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems. The CSB is deploying a team to the site of a flash fire at the Hoeganaes Corporation in Gallatin, Tennessee. The incident occurred during maintenance on a burner...

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso applauded NFPA for new technical committee

NFPA to establish a new technical committee U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) applauded NFPA for its recent decision to develop a comprehensive standard for gas processing safety. Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) applauded the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for its recent decision to establish a new technical committee to develop a comprehensive standard for gas processing safety, including the cleaning of fuel...

U.S Chemical Safety Board - A TIVA Award winner for safety videos

CSB receives Gold and Silver TIVA Peer Awards for Agency Safety Videos The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) received awards for two safety videos at the annual TIVA DC. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) received awards for two safety videos at the annual Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC (TIVA DC) dinner on Saturday, November 13. An animation depicting a massive sugar refinery explosion, which took 14 lives, won a gold award for best animation in its ca...

Educational Outreach Initiative from CSB

CSB’s task force continues to examine state regulations that require specific safeguards at oil and gas sites CSB again calls for increased safeguards at Oil and Gas Sites and continues to examine state regulations regarding the same.   The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that educational materials concerning oil site hazards that threaten the lives of teenagers have been distributed to more than 150 Mississippi school superi...

New CSB safety message urges action against natural gas blows across all states

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso  has connoted 'gas blow' as a very dangerous and fatal activity CSB is issuing letters to the other 49 states warning of the hazards associated with gas blows and urging state officials to enact any necessary changes in this regard. U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso today called for a ban on the practice of cleaning out debris from gas piping using pressurized natural gas. In a video safety message relea...

CSB Board discuss need to adopt new recommendations regarding natural gas

CSB recommendations are intended to minimize the danger of natural gas blows occuring at power plants U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Member Mark Griffon called on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to adopt new CSB recommendations regarding natural gas. The recommendation was one of 18 urgent recommendations issued in June 2010 following a CSB investigation into a powerful natural gas explosion that killed six workers and injured dozens of others at the Kle...

CSB names Dr. Daniel Horowitz as new Managing Director

Dr. Daniel Horowitz has been appointed as the new MD of U.S Chemical and Safety Board Dr. Moure-Eraso appointed Dr. Daniel Horowitz, longtime director of Congressional, public and board affairs, to fill the newly created position. CSB Chairperson and CEO Rafael Moure-Eraso today announced a major realignment of the agency’s internal organization, including creation of a new position of managing director who will report to the chair and will oversee all aspects of CSB op...

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso congratulates Forrest County, Mississippi

Forrest County, has passed an ordinance requiring security measures around hazardous oil and gas sites CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Congratulates Forrest County, Mississippi for Passing Ordinance Requiring Security Measures around Hazardous Oil and Gas Sites. The CSB issues the following statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso: "The Board of Supervisors of Forrest County, Mississippi, passed an ordinance requiring critical security measures, i...

Independent study on reducing inventory of toxic methyl isocyanate conducted by CSB

CSB started ANS study on reducing inventory toxic MIC The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has commenced a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study on the feasibility of eliminating the inventory of highly toxic methyl isocyanate at BayerCropScience.   The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has commenced a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study on the feasibility of reducing or eliminating the inventory of highly toxic methyl isocyanate stored at the Bayer CropScience pe...

CSB conducting assessment of ammonia release at Millard Refrigerated Services in Alabama

Three member assessment team led by Johnnie Banks from CSB CSB Conducting Assessment of Ammonia Release at Millard Refrigerated Services South of Mobile, Alabama. A three-member assessment team led by Mr. Johnnie Banks from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of Monday’s anhydrous ammonia release at the Millard Refrigerated Services, a warehouse and distribution center in Theodore, Alabama, 15 miles south of Mobile. According to media report...

CSB releases final report on Xcel Energy hydroelectric plant fire accident

CSB found that inadequate fire protection and safety arrangements led to the fire accident in the water tunnel  US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) report found that company and its contractor failed to adequately prepare for hazardous work inside confined space of hydroelectric plant Tunnel, and also; Xcel had no technically qualified responders on duty.The tragic accident that took the lives of five industrial painting contractors deep inside an Xcel Energy hydroel...

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